Attention all Apple lovers, since bad news was known in recent hours: those of Cupertino admitted that the production of iPhone and other popular devices of the company will fall considerably in stock product of the coronavirus.
This mainly because the main factories of those directed by Tim Cook are in China and due to the disease they have had to close and decimate their production.
This is what Apple made known in an update of the first quarter of 2020 to its investors, in which it argues that after the Chinese New Year the works fell in quantity and that they had to moderate their projections towards March.
“We do not expect to comply with the revenue guide that we provide for the March quarter due to two main factors. The first is that the global iPhone supply will be temporarily limited. While our associated iPhone manufacturing sites are located outside Hubei province, and although all these facilities have been reopened, they are increasing more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of each person who helps make these products possible is our top priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts while this wave continues. The shortage of iPhone supply temporarily affect worldwide revenues, ”the company said.
And he continued: “The second is that the demand for our products in China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our associated stores have been closed. In addition, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very little customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as consistently and safely as possible. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open at all times. ”
Those of Cupertino that called for calm and tranquility: “The situation is evolving and we will provide more information during our next earnings call in April. Apple is fundamentally strong, and this interruption in our business is only temporary. Our first priority, now and forever, is the health and safety of our employees, supply chain partners, customers and the communities in which we operate. Deep gratitude is with those who are on the front line to face this public health emergency, ”they closed.
Can Samsung benefit?
Some analysts are already anticipating that one of the winners because of this misfortune of Apple may be its eternal competitor: Samsung.
This is because the Korean company mainly has its factories in Vietnam, which will guarantee a normal supply of devices.
"Samsung is better positioned to resist the consequences of the virus than its formidable rivals such as Huawei and Apple," a person with knowledge of the South Korean manufacturer's supply chain said in a note to Reuters.